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  • Cruz defends dictators, NSA limits in security speech

    December 10, 2015 12:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz is defending Middle East dictators as useful allies against Islamic extremists. He's also decrying political correctness and stricter gun laws as an impediment to national security. The first-term Texas senator described an "America under attack" during national security speech Thursday to a conservative... more »
  • First lady to make solo visit to Middle East

    October 28, 2015 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama is making her first solo visit to the Middle East, stopping in Qatar and Jordan to promote her global education initiative for girls. The White House says the trip is planned for next week. Mrs. Obama is scheduled to speak at a world education summit in... more »
  • Intelligence chief: Iraq and Syria may not survive as states

    September 10, 2015 3:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Defense Intelligence Agency says Iraq and Syria may have been permanently torn asunder by war and sectarian tensions. Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart told an industry conference Thursday that Syria may be split into two or three parts as the result of its civil war.... more »
  • Officials: US to increase number of refugees by 5K next year

    September 9, 2015 3:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials say the United States is prepared to increase the number of refugees it resettles by 5,000 next year as European countries struggle to accommodate tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa. Two officials and a congressional aide said that Secretary of State John... more »
  • Smoothie King to expand into Middle East

    July 10, 2015 5:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Smoothie King is expanding into the Middle East, beginning with multiple locations in Dubai. The company announced Thursday that the expansion will happen through its partnership with Al Ghurair Retail, whose commercial reach spans more than 20 countries. Al Ghurair plans on opening 45 Smoothie King locations over... more »
  • Rick Perry tells CPAC: Obama has made the world less safe

    February 27, 2015 10:52 AM

    OXON HILL, MD - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the Islamic State group seizing territory in the Middle East represents the worst threat to freedom since communism. The likely Republican presidential contender spoke Friday morning in front of an audience of conservative activists at the second day of the... more »
  • US Air Force pilot killed in crash in Mideast

    December 1, 2014 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. Air Force pilot was killed when an F-16 crashed while returning to its base in the Middle East. The U.S. Central Command, which is in charge of American military operations in the Mideast, said the fighter jet crashed in a non-combat incident late Sunday night while... more »
  • Economy, foreign affairs at center of midterm elections

    October 1, 2014 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's escalating militarism in the Middle East has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign... more »
  • Obama to address UN amid new Mideast strikes

    September 24, 2014 2:31 AM

    NEW YORK - President Barack Obama will address the United Nations on Wednesday as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in trajectory for a presidency that had been focused on ending conflicts in the region. Administration officials say Obama... more »
  • Israel accepts Egypt's Gaza cease-fire proposal

    August 10, 2014 12:54 PM

    JERUSALEM - Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour cease-fire with Gaza militants. The move clears the way for the resumption of indirect talks on a long-term cease-fire arrangement in Hamas-ruled Gaza after a month of heavy fighting. Egypt brokered a similar truce last week. But after... more »
  • After truce, rockets fired at Israel from Gaza Play Video

    August 8, 2014 1:56 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired a barrage of at least five rockets at southern Israel shortly after a three-day truce between Israel and Hamas expired. The military says one rocket was intercepted over the city of Ashkelon, and the other rockets hit open areas.... more »
  • Gaza official: 10 dead after strike near UN school

    August 3, 2014 11:21 AM

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip - A United Nations official says at least 10 people have been killed in Gaza at a U.N. school because of an apparent nearby Israeli airstrike. The boys school, in Rafah, had been providing shelter for about 3,000 people attempting to escape the nearly monthlong war between... more »
  • Official: Israel leans toward extending Gaza truce

    July 26, 2014 10:44 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Israeli government official says Israel is "leaning toward" extending a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by at least four hours. The truce was to end at 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) Saturday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of sensitivity of... more »
  • Israel says it foiled attack by Gaza infiltrators

    July 17, 2014 2:10 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli military says it thwarted an attack by 13 Gaza militants who sneaked into Israel through a tunnel. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, says the militants were identified some 820 feet inside Israel and were struck by Israeli aircraft. Lerner said the military believed... more »
  • Kerry opts against a Mideast mediation trip Play Video

    July 15, 2014 1:55 AM

    VIENNA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has decided not to make an immediate trip to the Middle East to push diplomatic efforts toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. For several days Kerry has been weighing whether to extend his current diplomatic swing of Asia and Europe. U.S.... more »
  • More vaccines recommended for polio virus Play Video

    May 6, 2014 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The polio virus is declared an international concern but doctors say vaccination is the answer. The World Health Organization declared the polio virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. They're asking travelers to beware, and get booster shots, if traveling to countries where the disease is... more »
  • Obama to seek additional financial aid for Jordan

    February 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Seeking crucial help for a key Middle Eastern ally, President Barack Obama announced late Friday that he will ask Congress to approve a new round of financial aid for Jordan, which is struggling to manage the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the civil... more »
  • Car bomb hits near US consulate in Afghanistan

    September 12, 2013 9:37 PM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan governor says militants have detonated a car bomb around 66 yards away from the U.S. consulate in the western city of Herat, wounding seven civilians. A gunbattle between militants and security forces in the area was still going on Friday morning. Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi, the... more »
  • Obama meets with Mideast negotiators

    July 30, 2013 10:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has stepped into the Middle East peace process today, with a private White House meeting involving lead negotiators for the Israeli and Palestinian delegations. Despite the meeting, the official strategy for Obama is to take a mostly hands-off approach to the actual negotiations. Israeli and... more »
  • Pentagon eyes cuts in danger pay

    July 10, 2013 7:36 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Pentagon is looking at plans to eliminate danger pay for service members in up to 18 countries and five bodies of water but not where active U.S. combat is going on. It would save about $120 million a year but take a bite out of troops' salaries. The... more »
  • Israel faces geopolitical tangle with natural gas

    March 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    JERUSALEM - Recent discoveries of massive offshore natural gas deposits, set to begin flowing in the coming days, are turning into a mixed blessing for Israel. The deposits are expected to provide Israel enough natural gas for decades and transform the country, famously empty of natural resources, into an energy... more »

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